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Upcoming workshop in Madison

This morning I’m staring down the work I need to get done before leaving for Nova Scotia, the writing retreat I’m leading, and my graduation from my Big MFA Adventure. I’ll only take a quick moment to update you about … Continue reading

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“The Business of Being a Writer” by Jane Friedman

The final required text for my Big MFA Adventure was The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman. If you don’t recognize that name, it’s time to change that. Advice and resources from publishing guru Jane Friedman have consistently … Continue reading

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What is Guided Autobiography? How do I teach it?

“Guided Autobiography” is where it all began for me–one book that got me started on leading reminiscence writing workshops. The year was 2004. I’d just heard about Guided Autobiography from the first personal historian I met–shout-out to Anita Hecht–who recommended … Continue reading

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The End

This short essay is an experiment in “The Rolling Now,” a structural technique I’m learning to use, taught by my mentor Ken McGoogan at the U-Kings MFA residency in August 2018. We were asked to shape an in-class free-write with … Continue reading

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Hello from Oxford, MS, Classroom edition

I have just returned from the Southern Foodways Alliance grad student conference in Oxford, Mississippi–as nice a little college town as Halifax. My purpose in going was, of course, related to my Big MFA Adventure and my manuscript-in-progress, working title … Continue reading

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Getting Schooled in Africville

In August I went back to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for my second grad school residency. As the weekend between the two weeks of school approached. Joanne, from the next year’s student cohort, confided to me that she worried about being … Continue reading

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Hello from Halifax

“True Stories Well Told” is taking a micro-break while I pursue my Big MFA Adventure at University of King’s College, on the Dalhousie Campus in Halifax, NS, CA. The relationship between the two institutions has been described as “uneasy siblings” and … Continue reading

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Missing the Point

By Sarah White, October 2017 I think I just missed the point—again—of an assignment for a class. (This time, the assignment was for my Big MFA Adventure.) This makes the third time. Funny, the first two times were in art classes, … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge: Hippocampus Magazine contest, theme: “Keepsakes”

I’m committing to a personal challenge this season related to Semester 2 in the MFA-Creative Nonfiction program I’m pursuing: get some pieces published! It’s time to build what they call my author’s platform. Hippocampus Magazine has a contest on the … Continue reading

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Brief but Wonderful

In a time-starved world, it feels wonderful when we have the opportunity to really slow down and delve into something, whether it’s spending an afternoon reading for pleasure, or wandering the halls of an art museum, or lingering over a … Continue reading

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